Oana Balalau

Inria Starting Researcher

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Contact

E-mail: firstname dot lastname at inria dot fr
Inria Saclay Île-de-France
Bâtiment Alan Turing
1 rue Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves
91120 Palaiseau
France


I am a starting researcher at Inria Saclay in the CEDAR team and part-time assistant professor at École polytechnique. I am also in involved in LabIA, a government initiative to bring the benefits of artificial intelligence to public administrations. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Informatics in the team of Gerhard Weikum. I received my Ph.D. from Télécom Paris University and my advisor was Mauro Sozio.

My research interests are in natural language processing, graph mining, and computational social science.

Originally I am from Romania and more exactly Rucăr, a village in the Carpathian Mountains.

Publications


From the Stage to the Audience: Propaganda on Reddit
EACL 2021 (to appear), O. Balalau and R. Horincar
[pdf]

Graph integration of structured, semistructured and unstructured data for data journalism
BDA 2020 (informal publication), O. Balalau, C. Conceição, H. Galhardas, I. Manolescu, T. Merabti, J. You, and Y. Youssef
[pdf]

SubRank: Subgraph Embeddings via a Subgraph Proximity Measure
PAKDD 2020, O. Balalau and S. Goyal
[pdf] [code]

PRINCE: Provider-side Interpretability with Counterfactual Explanations in Recommender Systems
WSDM 2020, A. Ghazimatin, O. Balalau, R. Saha Roy, and G. Weikum
[pdf] [code]

Discovering the Functions of Language in Online Forums
EMNLP W-NUT 2019, Y. Ismaeil, O. Balalau, and P. Mirza
[pdf] [dataset]

Analyzing the Traits and Anomalies of Political Discussions on Reddit
ICWSM 2019, A. Guimareas, O. Balalau, E. Terolli, and G. Weikum
[pdf]

EviDense: a Graph-based Method for Finding Unique High-impact Events with Succinct Keyword-based Descriptions
ICWSM 2018, O. Balalau, C. Castillo and M. Sozio
[short] [long] [code]

Listing k-cliques in Sparse Real-World Graphs
WWW 2018, M. Danisch, O. Balalau and M. Sozio.
[pdf] [code]

Finding Heaviest k-Subgraphs and Events in Social Media
ICDM DaMNet 2016, M. Letsios, O. Balalau, M. Danisch, E. Orsini and M. Sozio
[pdf] [code]

Finding Subgraphs with Maximum Total Density and Limited Overlap
WSDM 2015, O. Balalau, F. Bonchi, T-H. Hubert Chan, F. Gullo and M. Sozio
[pdf] [code]

Teaching

I am currently a part time assistant professor at École polytechnique, teaching courses and/or lab session for INF473G and INF583.
In the past I supervised classes as a teaching assistant at Télécom Paris.

Miscellaneous

In my free time I enjoy reading and painting using watercolors.
My sister writes very nice stories and travel impressions (in Romanian).